Sunday, November 7, 2010

Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2007)

Director: Nader T. Homayoun

I've always been fascinated by Iran and the Iranian people for some reason or another. The Iranian/Persian people have one of the longest recorded histories in the world and with that much history to go on, not to mention the turmoil the country has been through over the last hundred years, and you would think that the country would have it's share of great stories to tell and what better medium than film? The most interesting part of this documentary is the examination of how creativity can flourish or flounder in the face of oppression.

Although the circumstances are very different many point to the strict censorship during the golden age of American cinema as a reason the film industry in America found it's focus. The idea being that having to work within a certain set of rules forces artists to be more creative. The history of Iranian Cinema changed, like everything else in the country, with the Iranian revolution. Very strict rules for filmmakers were put into place and anything from Hollywood was banned. This isolation and limited freedom forced Iranian filmmakers to tell their stories in a way unique in the world and the country's success at international film festivals attests to the fact that it works.

The flip side is of course that of all the talented directors in Iran, none of them have the freedom to create their true visions on film. I think it's an interesting argument for artists to have, but I don't know many that wouldn't choose freedom. I love haiku as much as the next guy, but sometimes you just want to write free verse. If you're interested at all in Iran, cinematic history, or the affects of oppression on art - give this documentary a look.

Click here to add this documentary to your Netflix queue.

The Standard 5:

Why is it in your queue? Iran is a fascinating nation and I'm always curious to see what it's like to live in such an isolated place.

Is it artsy? Yes, it's about the creation and history of an art form.

Best thing about the movie? Hearing from Iranians in a forum where chants of death to America just don't work. .

What mood should I be in to watch this movie? Curious about another culture's history.

What rating did you give it on Netflix? 3 stars. 

No comments:

Post a Comment

SPOILER ALERT: Talking about the movie is encouraged in the comment section. Read at your own risk.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...